Events from 1979 in Scotland


1979 in Scotland
  • Monarch - Elizabeth II (since 6 February 1952)


  • 1 March - Scottish devolution referendum: Scotland votes by a majority of 77,437 for a Scottish Assembly, which is not implemented at this time due to a condition that at least 40% of the electorate must support the proposal.
  • 17 March - Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during reconstruction, killing two workers. A replacement tunnel opens to rail traffic on 20 August.
  • 12 April - Cromarty Bridge opens.
  • 16 April - Paisley Gilmour Street rail accident: Seven killed in a head-on collision.
  • 4 May - UK general election: The Labour Party wins the majority of seats in Scotland but the Conservatives win by a 43-seat majority across the UK as a whole, with Margaret Thatcher becoming the first female Prime Minister. George Younger is appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, an office he will hold until January 1986.
  • 7 June - The first election is held for the European Parliament, with the Conservatives winning five, Labour winning two and the Scottish National Party winning one of the 8 seats available in Scotland.
  • 12 June - The Tayberry is patented.
  • 8 September - Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. set a new UK transfer record by paying just under £1,500,000 for Glasgow-born Aston Villa and Scotland striker Andy Gray.
  • Property on Raasay is sold to the Highlands and Islands Development Board.


1979 in Scotland
  • 2 February - David Paisley, actor
  • 21 April - James McAvoy, actor
  • 11 May - Tim Baillie, slalom canoer
  • 9 June - Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • date unknown - Julie Fowlis, folk singer


  • 24 February - Sir James Hutchison, 1st Baronet, shipbuilder, army officer and politician (born 1893)
  • 27 September - Jimmy McCulloch, musician (born 1953)

The Arts

  • Alternative rock trio Cocteau Twins is formed in Grangemouth.

See also

  • 1979 in the United Kingdom


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